DIY Electrolyte Drink – Homemade Pedialyte For Sick Kids

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Thank goodness for Homemade Pedialyte folks!

I’m sure ya’ll have noticed how sporadic my blogging has become. I had so many great plans to pre-write hundreds of posts for 2018 until life got insanely crazy and the blog had to be put on the back burner.

If you’re still here and still reading, thank you. The months of November and December were brutal in these parts and while I nursed a sick toddler, husband and myself back to health I had little time to get anything blog related done.

We managed to come down with a horrible flu virus in November. One by one we got really sick and and eventually wound up on rounds of antibiotics to try and clear the bug from our systems. I battled with a sinus infection and a mysterious hive outbreak, Margsy simultaneously had croup and an ear infection while Mer dealt with bronchitis. We were really a pitiful sight.

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Just recently we started a stomach bug and slowly every member of this family has been hit like a ton of bricks by gastro.

Adult gastro is one thing because you know you need to keep yourself hydrated during the thick of it and as much as it sucks you deal ya know? But, a two year old (yes she turned two in December – Happy Belated Birthday Margs!) has no desire eat let alone drink when she’s constantly vomiting or dealing with diarrhea.

We tried giving our kiddo store bought Pedialyte with zero success. I took a sip and assumed that she’d love it because it sort of tasted like grape juice. Boy, was I horribly mistaken. I tried watering it down, mixing it with juice (which isn’t ideal) and hiding it in sippy cups that weren’t clear because she was able to identify it by color hoping that she’d ingest even the tiniest amount.

No such luck.

So, I took the the interwebz on the suggestion of a healthcare nurse and started playing around with homemade Pedialyte solutions and thankfully my kiddo loved it. She drank homemade Pedialyte willingly and in large enough quantities to not only help settle her very upset tummy but keep her good and hydrated while she fought the bug. Mama also felt better knowing she was staying hydrated 😉

So, if you’re here looking for a DIY homemade Pedialyte you’ve come to the right place.

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Homemade Pedialyte For Adults and Kids

Homemade Pedialyte Recipe

  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Optional flavoring: 1/2 packet unsweetened Kool-Aid, OJ, Coconut Water, Powdered Jello if your kiddo isn’t a fan of the flavor.

Tips for Giving Kiddos Homemade Pedialyte

  • After each episode of diarrhea a child should be given some homemade pedialyte to keep them hydrated. If the child is under 2,  provide 1/2 cup and if over the age of 2, 1 cup after every bout of diarrhea.
  • The solution can be frozen to make popsicles and given instead of its liquid form.
  • Always check with your doctor before giving your child pedialyte or any homemade solution for the first time

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16 thoughts on “DIY Electrolyte Drink – Homemade Pedialyte For Sick Kids”

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  2. I used to try to keep Pedialyte on-hand because, of course, the times you need are the times you’re least able to run out to the store. I was surprised that it doesn’t have a super long shelf life. I love knowing I can make my own. Thank you!

  3. GREAT idea! I have 7 kids and we don’t usually get very sick, but I am ALWAYS a fan of natural over conventional, because it just works SO well! Thanks for this hack! Totally pinning to keep it accessible the next time the kids come down with a bug. Way to go!

  4. Oh!! I hope everyone is on the mend. I have a 7 month old and I can’t imagine us being sick, let alone her. Hugs!! Thanks for the recipe, hopefully we don’t need it.

  5. I’m sorry that you were sick. I wish you a speedy recovery. I’d never consider making my own Pedialyte, but it seems like a simple enough recipe. Though I hope not to need it, I will keep this recipe in mind.

  6. Great information!!! Thank you for sharing. I am sure that this will be used in my home although my kids are older. Not in a rush to give it a try because that would mean someone is in discomfort, but glad I have it to fall back on.

    • I wouldn’t know exactly based on your condition. If you are already rehydrating with an electrolyte solution it would be in the same quantity. I hope this helps!


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